Handling has always been our priority and we have brought another innovation to life.
The SCOUT Hybrid Bars.
Before you get deep into this topic, we recommend to read this post that explains all current hook-in systems. You will find description and comparison of different options here>
We call them Hybrid bars because they combine two materials> aluminium bars and strong straps.
We call them Hybrid bars because they combine advantages of two systems>
1. weight-shift ability of the low hang-point systems
2. stability of the goose-neck bars
Strange words for you? Hey, we told you to read to read the explanation first>
Low hang-point bars offer excellent weight-shift ability but having the carabiner below the thrust line causes the pilot and paramotor pitch forward at full power. Full power makes you pitch forward, releasing the power lets you swing back.
This is why most manufacturers move the carabiners a little upwards and the goosneckbars are becomming most popular. The gooseneck bars keep the carabiners exactly in the thrust line and the thrust is transfered directly into the carabiners and risers. The paramotor has no tendency to picht forward and stays stable. Yet it sacrifasis some weightshift ability. Yet we believe the goose-neck bars are the best solution for most pilots.
For the more demanding ones, we have invented the Hybrid bars:-)
The hybrid bars have the same geometry as the goosneck bars.
They connect the same place = exactly in the thrust line.
The carabiner is exactly in the same place = exactly in the thrust line.
But the upper part is made of strap.
The strap is very rigid in the foreward-backward movement. Thus the thrust is transferred directly into the carabiner. Same stability as the of teh gooseneck bars.
While the straps are rigid in the forward backward movement, they are flexible to the side. This means the effective hook-in point is as low as the bar = about 13 cm lower!
Here you can see the Hybrid Bars in action.
You see how much can the pilot lean over the bar? I could look on the outer side of the risers without any special effort.
Hybrid Bars come as close to free-flying feeling as possible.
Pros and Cons of the Hybrid Bars.
🙂 Obviously, the weight-shift ability is the main advantage. This is why we have invented them.
🙂 This advantage does not have to sacrifice the pitch stability
🙂 The pilot can get a lot more feedback from the glider. And pilot can give a lot more input into the glider. Almost as on a free-fluing harness.
🙁 Most PPG pilots will never use these advantages on normal cross-country flights. On the contrary, they will feel it uncomfortable and disturbing. Especially pilots used to high hang-points.
🙁 Any residues of torque (Dynamic Torque Compensation) are exaggerated. Whatever is left uncompesated, it is more sensitive.
🙂 On the other hand very little body work is sufficient to readjust. So any residues of torque are VERY easy to manage.
🙂 It way more FUN!
Who is it for? And who is it not for?
Good for> acro, slalom, freestyle, thermalling with ppg
Not recommended for> regular XC flights, beginners.
Yes, the Hybrid bars are compatible with your SCOUT frame. Yes, same harness is used. Yes, you can upgrade, just call your dealer or drop us a message at email@example.com